Kolapathana Ella Falls (Mandaram Nuwara)

Kolapathana Ella Falls, Sri Lanka
Kolapathana Ella Falls (Sinhala: මන්දාරම් නුවර කොළපතන ඇල්ල) is a multi-step cascade waterfall in Mandaram Nuwara village in Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka. Located about 1 km distance from Mandaram Nuwara town, the fall is surrounded by the steep slopes of the Kadiragala Mountain. 

Presently, the site has become a popular tourist place, especially among the locals. The fall which is not less than 50 m in height cascades through several sections and is formed by a stream originating from the Piduruthalagala Conservation Forest. A secondary fall also can be seen on the left side of the main fall.

The fall gets its name from a story that winds around a royal lady named Malsara. She is said to have visited the fall and brought with her food wrapped in an areca leaf (or Kolapatha in Sinhala) which because of its thickness and durability as a wrapping material. She left the areca leaf behind and from then on, the name remained. 

Bathing and camping near the fall are possible.

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This page was last updated on 10 September 2023
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